Padang Travel Guide

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    sitti nurbaya bridge
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    sitti nurbaya bridge from below
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Padang Things to Do

  • Jembatan Sitti Nurbaya (Sitti Nurbaya...

    Beside seaport of teluk bayur, padang also has a semi functional historic river port (pelabuhan muaro/muaro harbour). At least if you wanna go to mentawai island or island hopping to the nearby islands, you start from this river port. And to connect both side of the river, there is this sitti nurbaya bridge. Start from the afternoon until midnight...

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  • Jembatan PURUS - a Bridge

    Jembatan PURUS is a bridge over Batang Arau River.... a bridge which link the south side and the north side of Padang city....in the afternoon if we stand at the edge of the bridge, we could see beautiful panorama of Padang Beach or it was well-known as Purus Beach where we could see Batang Arau estuary at the mouth of Indian Ocean .... The bridge...

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  • Batang Arau

    Batang Arau ....Batang means River....BATANG ARAU is one of a big river which drain its water from Karang Putih Mountain Range in Indarung towards northwest and end its drain to the mouth of Padang Beach .... it was a beautiful river which stretch along Padang city and you would see a colorful of wooden made canoe owned by fishermen along the river...

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  • PADANG BEACH

    Padang Beach is one of favorite Recreational Resort which stretch along west side line of Padang City, there are a boat ride and some nice places for enjoying the culinary, or just drink coffee along the beach lines....attendants were allowed swimming in a safe area of the beach but not allowed a dangerous area.... you would see a beautiful sunset...

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  • Pisang Kecil Island

    This is small island at pantai Air Manis... when the tide not hight, we can just walk to this island.

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  • landmark bridge across city's old river...

    Beside seaport of teluk bayur, padang also has a semi functional historic river port (pelabuhan muaro/muaro harbour). At least if you wanna go to mentawai island or island hopping to the nearby islands, you start from this river port. And to connect both side of the river, there is this sitti nurbaya bridge.Start from the afternoon until midnight...

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Padang Restaurants

  • a delicious local

    we found the place accidentally.we interested to try because we saw lots of people eat there. and since it's a unique local, we want to give a try.it turned out really delicious. when we want to buy another portion, they ran out of it!!and it's cheap, less than rp 10.000 for one portion. the sate!

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  • In the midst of padi field aplenty

    The ambience is simply great..you get to eat Padang food with padi field and mountain range in the background - great view that the food didnt really matter. The best Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) with sambal (chilli paste)...syiok

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  • Padang Fare

    The water feature which forms part of the facade of the restaurant captured my sight. The restaurant, as in most parts of Bt Tinggi is very clean indeed. It serves local Padang food where all their dishes are spread out for you and you may find repeated dishes being served. You, however pay for only what you eat at the end of it.One of the best...

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Padang Nightlife

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    Saayun Salangkah: Sanggar Seni (Cultural Cage?)

    by khal2zu Written Dec 21, 2006

    For Rupiah 50,000 (children free entry)you can catch 100 mins of minang culture presented to you in the form of song, dance and martical arts performance. Available only on Fri and Saturday nites

    Dress Code: Casual

    Dancing on broken plates
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Padang Transportation

  • By Airlines

    Padang is one popular tourist destination in Indonesia, attendants might come to this city by flying from Jakarta, and many other city, even from nearby country Malaysia or Singapore you could fly directly to Padang via Minangkabau International Airport....so many airlines company which ready flying you to this nice destination, among others Garuda...

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  • ANGKOT

    ANGKOT or sharing taxi is one of city circle transportation, ..... it was a very valuable transportation means for students, officers, workers and public in general....the color of the car is signed as destination of this transportation means....a flat tariff for public and for students....during the day you would see this mode of transportation...

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  • Getting to Padang

    Getting to Padang city is pretty easy and convenient. From Singapore:You can get a direct flight from Singapore with Silkair (www.silkair.com) or a new budged airline Tiger Airways (www.tigerairways.com). Travel time is around 1hour and 10 mins. Don't take Garuda because the flight is enrouted to Jakarta or other city. Your travel time will be at...

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Padang Shopping

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  • Local Delicacies

    Shirley specialised in selling local delicacies from padang likce crackers/chips, serunding and dried rendang. Most of the products sold here are sourced from home industries in and around Padang. Local delicacies such as crackers/chips, serunding and dried rendang.

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  • leaf hat...

    I suggest you walk in tradtional market and find something interests you. There is really nothing much to buy here in Padang, though it's commercial and political centre in West Sumatra Province. However, some local Indonesian stuff do worth buying. For instance, a leaf hat is very different from the one here in Taiwan or, say, the other countires...

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Padang Local Customs

  • Personal Space

    If you are a white foreigner (locally known as bule) you tend to get stared at in places where few white foreigners go, but overall, Indonesians stand back and look, rather than gather around you. Those who do come right up to you are usually kids. The other habit which altogether ordinary to Indonesians is touching between those of the same...

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  • “Hello Mister” Fatigue

    This is the universal greeting given to white foreigners regardless of whether the person who is addressed is male or female. The less advanced English students know only “Mister” and “how are you”, which they will enthusiastically yell at white foreigners many times.

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  • Kids

    When we in the small island of Air Manis beach, we met 3 local kids... and they reallyyyy nice and friendly to everybody... and one of the kid climb to the tree and pick jambu Kaliang (black guava), the taste..... delicious....

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Padang Warnings and Dangers

  • Heat Stroke

    Padang is really hot during dry season, so be careful when you travel to Padang in very hot weather you may get heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke is not common, but is very dangerous. It occurs especially in older people and alcoholics during hot weather. Signs: The skin is red, very hot, and dry. Not even the armpits are moist. The...

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  • The thieves are skillful.

    Theft can be a problem. If you are mindful of your valuable things and precautions, the chances of being ripped off are small. Most thefts are the result of carelessness or naivety. The chances of theft are highest in crowded places and when traveling on public trains, buses and bemos. Pickpockets are common in big cities, and crowded bus and train...

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  • Moster Earthquakes!!!

    Padang which is on Sumatra island lies near the Sunda Fault and is prone to earthquakes. According to the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency and U.S. Geological Service, an 8.4 RS earthquake hit West Sumatra province and Bengkulu province. The earthquake epicenter was 105 km off the coast of Bengkulu province. There have been several aftershocks,...

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Padang What to Pack

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    Additional Items To Pack Between Oct &...

    by adriansyah Written Dec 6, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Locks and waterproof cover for your luggage – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In Padang and in most part of Sumatra like Bengkulu, Palembang, Pekanbaru, the wet season falls between October and April, the wettest months are January and February that can make travel more difficult. The weather is still hot and more humid, but the January to February rains can come in sudden tropical downpours, and or it can also rain nonstop for a whole day.

    Bring plenty of socks to wear while wearing shoes, folding umbrella, a light waterproof rain jacket (heavy plastic raincoat might be too warm for the humid tropics), long pants and/or jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, toilet paper, anti malarial pills, analgesic pills, Antihistamine pills for any allergic reactions.

    Photo Equipment: Zip lock bags for use in protecting your camera equipment, travel documents, etc. It's a good idea to bring extra batteries and SD cards, in case you go someplace where you can’t buy replacement stocks.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flashlight, mosquito repellent & sarong.

    Miscellaneous: Electrical systems in most Southeast Asian countries use different voltages. Bring a transformer or adapter if your electronic devices don’t work properly with the local electricity.

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    • Arts and Culture

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Padang Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunset at Padang Beach

    In a good weather condition don't miss watching a beautiful sunset from the edge of Padang beach line or from the edge of Batang Kuranji .....almost in every afternoon the peoples from Padang would gather and enjoy their nice time along the shore line....Padang beach and Kuranji River were also some favorite spot for watching the sunset....it was a...

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  • Most things chocolate - In Bukittinggi?

    If you are someone into chocolates, go to 6A Serba Coklat. Take a left from Novotel Butkittinggi and 150m down the road on the right. The chocolate brownies are very good indeed.

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  • Cottage Industry

    Less than an hours drive from Bukit Tinggi go to a place called Pandai Sikek. Here you will find cottage industries where weaving and woodcarving is a skilled well practised. The products are offered for sale of course and prices are negotiable (generally 30% - 50% discount of the original is quite the norm.

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Padang Sports & Outdoors

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    Indain Ocean

    by THLIN Written Feb 16, 2006

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    Thanks to its location. According to my Tiger Tale magazine from Tiger Airways, Padang is a fabulous place for surfing and diving. Contact your hotel information desk, you would find out more. If you don't have enough money or time like us, why not just make yourself to a pulau ( island ) swimming all day long, enjoying the sunshine, indulging yourself with the scenery.

    Equipment: For diving, you can basically rent from the diving centre.
    For surfing, take you board with you.
    For swimming, yah, no need to mention.

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Padang Favorites

  • Dancing in the Rain...

    In the day, the weather can be as good as possible or as cloudy as it could be. Don't need to worry or forget to take an umbrella with you. Why?! Because it rains mostly in the late afternoon. Just within a few minutes, it rains dogs and cats. While I was sitting in our taxi, I saw people get saturated horrily, some of whom did not even have time...

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  • Airport is newly located...

    Padang's new airport has moved for anout half a year so far. The old one Tabing is only 7km away from the city; while the new oneMinankabau needs 40 min drives, which means furthuer from the city. If you don't have enough money to pay for your international departure airport tax, please do change before entering the check. If you change money...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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